BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with poor asthma outcomes; weight loss improves such outcomes. Inaccurate recognition of obesity may impede weight control. PURPOSE: We examined perception of weight by early adolescents with uncontrolled asthma and their caregivers, and tested the relationship between medical visit frequency and accuracy of perceived weight status. METHODS: A total of 373 adolescents and their caregivers reported the adolescent's height/weight and weight perception; caregivers reported healthcare utilization. We measured height/weight. Logistic regression modeled accuracy of weight perception. RESULTS: A total of 43.7 % of the overweight/obese adolescents and caregivers accurately perceived weight status. BMI percentile [odds ratio (OR) = 1.19, confidence interval (CI) = 1.10-1.28] and total medical visits (OR = 1.18, CI = 1.05-1.33) were associated with higher accuracy in caregivers. Total medical visits (OR = 0.84, CI = 0.74-0.96) was associated with lower accuracy in adolescents. CONCLUSIONS: Accurate perception of weight status was poor for overweight adolescents with uncontrolled asthma and their caregivers. Frequent medical visits were associated with improved caregivers' but not adolescents' perceptions.
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